EASTON — A local community group focused on building young minds held a back to school block party Saturday, Aug. 28, on Jowhite Street.

The block party featured music, food trucks, face painting and balloon animals, and 100 backpacks with school supplies were given out at the block party.

Building African American Minds is a non-profit organization started in 2005 to identify African-American students who face socio-economic barriers and equip them with academic enrichment.

BAAM Executive Director Dina Daly said this year’s after school tutoring program will serve 60 elementary school boys and 20 middle school boys.

Daly said BAAM is also piloting a tutoring program for girls, serving 10 elementary.

BAAM’s athletic gym is open to public membership, and currently has over 700 members.

Daly said the organization was about to kick off a capital campaign to replace the current single story academic building with a three story structure, increasing the space in order to increase the services offered to students and the community.

Mike Detmer is a staff writer for the Dorchester Star and Star Democrat based in Maryland. You can reach him at mdetmer@chespub.com.

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